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Rise and Fall of Cheechoo

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 29, 2010 by davepoleck

The Ottawa Senators have waived Jonathan Cheechoo, which will likely result in him being bought out by the team before Thursday’s Free Agency kickoff. Cheechoo’s fall from an elite scorer was just as quick as the rise he had post lockout post Joe Thornton being traded to the Sharks. He went from a Rocket Richard winner in 2005-06 to being a piece in the trade that brought over Dany Heatley to a regular in the Ottawa press box and then all the way down to the NHL to finish the 2009-10 season.

    GP G A PTS
2002-03 San Jose Sharks 66 9 7 16
2003-04 San Jose Sharks 81 28 19 47
2005-06 San Jose Sharks 82 56 37 93
2006-07 San Jose Sharks 76 37 32 69
2007-08 San Jose Sharks 69 23 14 37
2008-09 San Jose Sharks 66 12 17 29
2009-10 Ottawa Senators 61 5 9 14

Cheechoo will not be signed for more than a one year deal, if he even is at all. But there has to be a team out there that thinks they have the playmaking centre that can help him rekindle the touch he had in the first two post lockout seasons. Cheechoo wasn’t just a guy who could put the puck in; he was a very hard worker that was capable of playing on any line in pretty much any situation. In the Sharks’ 2007 series with the Wings, he was easily their most dangerous and terrifying player. That is one thing I remember about him during that series; whenever the Sharks needed a boost, it wasn’t (and still isn’t) Marleau or Thornton, it was Cheechoo.

Revisiting this deal….OUCH

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on March 2, 2010 by davepoleck

Dany Heatley #15 of the San Jose Sharks warms up prior to the preseason game against the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center on September 21, 2009 in Anaheim, California. The Ducks defeated the Sharks 3-2.

It took spectators a year or so to realize that Boston dealing Joe Thornton to San Jose was a one sided deal for the Sharks. Today, not even six months after Dany Heatley was traded from Ottawa to San Jose, we have 100% confirmation that the Sens lost the deal. The deal looked like this:

To San Jose: Dany Heatley and a fifth round draft pick

To Ottawa: Milan Michalek, Jonathan Cheechoo and a second draft pick

Michalek has been good, but still below his numbers in San Jose. Cheechoo is basically a lost cause and has been playing in the AHL since before the break. See where I am going yet? The second round pick….was just sent to the New York Islanders for Andy Sutton.

Essentially, the Sens gave away a 50 goal scorer for Michalek and Andy fucking Sutton. This may go down as one of the worst superstar deals in recent memory, or at least just as bad as the Thornton deal. Off the top of my head, Thornton was dealt for Marco Sturm, Brad Stuart and Wayne Primeau. That is pretty bad considering Sturm is the only one still in Boston.

The Marian Hossa deal that sent him to Pittsburgh is looking a god damn gold mine compared to the two mentioned above, and he was just a rental!! The Thrashers got Colby Armstrong, Erik Christensen, prospect Angelo Esposito and a first round draft pick..for a player who played 32 games for the Penguins (12 regular season – 20 playoff). How does that even make sense.